Wall of Honor unveiled for Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards

Dec | 2014

The Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) honored 12 county school districts and one charter school as partners in the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards program during a special recognition agenda item at its Dec. 10 meeting. A new Wall of Honor was unveiled, highlighting the initiative and the commitment of county schools in promoting language assets for all students.


The California Campaign for Biliteracy is Launched and Two Districts are Honored with a New Prestigious Award

Apr | 2014

In front of 3,500 teachers, administrators, parents and board members at the annual California Association for Bilingual Education Conference, Californians Together announced the beginning of the California Campaign for Biliteracy.  “It is time for a new Campaign across Californian to develop preschool through high school programs that will prepare students with proficiency in two or more languages so they may speak to, from and across multiple communities and nations.
The California Campaign for Biliteracy seeks to engage educators, policy makers ,parents and students who share the vision for multilingualism, and all understand the enormous benefits to individuals, society and the economy
Brownley Puts the California Seal of Biliteracy on the National Stage

Jun | 2013

Representative Julia Brownley (D – Westlake Village) introduced the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST Act, legislation that would help states create a State Seal of Bilteracy to recognize high school students graduating with proficiency in both English and a second language.  The BEST Act would establish a grant program at the Department of Education supporting states to establish and improve their own Biliteracy Seal programs.  Read the press release, the text of the bill and our letter of support below.
Californians Together Advances Biliteracy and Education Reform Policies for English Language Learners Earns National Award for Exceptional Immigrant Integration Initiatives

Sep | 2012

WASHINGTON– The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on Thursday announced that Californians Together is one of four recipients of its 2012 E Pluribus Unum Prizesfor exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. The national award honors Californians Together for its work promoting biliteracy and reforms that improve student language learning and address the needs of English language learners.  (more)
New York State Seal of Biliteracy – Cuomo Signs Legislation

Aug | 2012

Albany, NY (July 31, 2012)
Governor Cuomo today signed into law a bill to recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy. The seal will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading and writing in multiple languages.”New York state should recognize the outstanding achievements of our students who have dedicated themselves to learning different languages,” Governor Cuomo said.  “Acknowledging those students who haves pushed themselves to do their very best and learn another language will provide them with an advantage when dealing with future employers and academic institutions.”

Torlakson Announces More Than 10,000 Students Earn New State Seal of Biliteracy

Jul | 2012

More than 10,000 graduating high school students across California have earned the first state recognition in the nation for achieving proficiency in multiple languages.  State Superintendent of Instruction, Tom Torlakson, issued a press release today, July 5, 2012, highlighting the accomplishments of the students and the importance of this recognition.